Book ID: 114731
Olmos: La Cultura de un Arbol Venerable. 2023. 488 p.- In Spanish.
Olmos = Elm tree.
Since time immemorial, in the center of the main square of each town or city, a gigantic tree lived. Parties and neighborhood meetings were held under its protection, becoming the identity symbol of the people and the territory.
Although almost all of them have succumbed to wild urbanization and Dutch disease, resistant varieties allow us to restore the essential figure of the central tree to return it to the center of social and cultural life. We can rescue for the future that authentic living agora represented by those "Olmas" and the squares "of La Olma"; to enjoy the multiple beneficial effects that old trees produce on their surroundings, generating a healthy microclimate conducive to meeting, agreement and well-being.
In 'Olmos', the culture of a venerable tree, the naturalist Ignacio Abella collects the memory of hundreds of those guardian trees throughout the Iberian Peninsula, investigating their multiple aesthetic and poetic, ecological, landscape, historical dimensions, but, above all, identity.